30 Jun
Egypt Under President Sisi: Even Worse than Under Mubarak or Morsi

June 2016 Prison Conditions: Egypt has arrested more than 40,000 political detainees since mid-2013. Former Egyptian American political prisoner Mohamed Soltan has described prisons as “fertile ground for radicalization.” Torture: The El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of ...

30 Jun
Morocco: Journalists Stand Trial for Use of Smartphone App

Photo Credit: Reuters In Morocco, seven journalists are standing trial in connection with their involvement with a citizen journalism training program utilizing a smartphone app. They are accused of “threatening the internal security of the state” by using “propaganda” ...

27 Jun
Turkey Arrests Three Activists for Promoting “Terrorist Propaganda”

Turkey Arrests Three Activists on Terrorism Charges: Turkey arrested three press freedom activists on charges of spreading "terrorist propaganda" after they edited the Ozgur Gundem magazine, a newspaper that reports on Kurdish issues. The activists, Local Reporters Without Borders ...

23 Jun
State Department Reports on Bahrain’s Implementation of the BICI

The State Department submitted to Congress an unclassified report on the steps taken by the Government of Bahrain to implement the recommendations in the 2011 Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) on June 21, 2016. The report ...

21 Jun
Kuwaiti MP Convicted for Anti-Saudi Statements

The Kuwaiti National Assembly sentenced in absentia outspoken lawmaker and lawyer Abdul Hamid Dashti to 10 days in prison pending further investigation and trial by Kuwait’s top criminal court, at which point Dashti could face a longer sentence. The ...

21 Jun
Hearing Notes – U.S. Policy in Libya

On June 15, 2016, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing entitled “U.S. Policy in Libya.” The witness was State Department Special Envoy for Libya Jonathan Winer. To watch a webcast of the hearing, click here. Chairman Bob Corker ...

16 Jun
Timeline of Egypt’s Escalating Campaign against Civil Society

Successive Egyptian regimes have sought to stifle independent civil society groups and movements, especially human rights and democracy organizations, using authoritarian laws and other forms of pressure. President Hosni Mubarak (1981-2011) enacted harsh NGO laws and targeted selected civil society organizations and individuals. Under the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in 2011-2012, the authorities launched notorious Case 173 against a large number of NGOs for alleged “illegal” funding ...

16 Jun
Bahrain Rapidly Escalates Crackdown on Opposition Voices

A Bahraini court ordered the suspension of all activities by al-Wefaq, the island-nation’s largest opposition party. The Justice and Islamic Affairs Ministry, which asked the court to issue the order, said al-Wefaq’s shuttering was needed to "safeguard the security ...

13 Jun
UN Reconsiders Blacklisting of Saudi Coalition after Pressure

 Photo Credit: AFP The UN announced on Monday, June 6th, that it had removed the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen from its child rights blacklist, pending a joint review by the UN and the coalition. The decision came ...

06 Jun
Libya’s Rival Central Bank Heads Pledge to Work toward Economic “Unity Plan”

Mahmud Turkia / AFP / Getty Images In a move regarded by some commentators as “very dangerous and worrying,” planes carrying Russian-produced Libyan dinars arrived in eastern Libya destined for the Beida-based Eastern Central Bank, which supports the eastern government over ...

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